A Royal Spyness mystery starring Lady Georgiana, 34th in line for the throne - and the mystery world's favorite penniless heiress.
With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea.
To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorced houseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales. She's also been coerced into helping Scotland Yard with a top-secret mission - namely keeping an eye on the shooting party at Balmoral and preventing someone from shooting the Prince. And Georgie must manage all this without strangling her odious sister-in-law Fig or spineless brother Binky.
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"Katherine Kellgren is completely winning as guileless, gullible, plucky Georgie. With the castle overrun by visitors - including the notorious American Mrs. Wallis Simpson; her paramour, the Prince of Wales; and an assortment of gentry and staff - Kellgren shifts accents and attitudes with ease. Phryne Fisher fans will love Kellgren’s Lady Georgiana." (AudioFile)
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The description of this book is just so misleading. Her Royal Spyness is a fun series of light mystery stories that take place in late 1930's England. The royal storyline mentioned in the description is tangential to the main plot. Accidents are happening, people are getting killed and it's Her Royal Spyness Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne, who figures it all out and helps to capture the bad guy.
If you want a lighthearted, easy listen, try this series.
The Royal Spyness series is, in my opinion, Rhys Bowen's best effort so far and Royal Flush is definitely a worthy addition to the series. Katherine Kellgren is marvelous and becomes the characters. I enjoyed this series to the max . If you haven't heard them, definitely start with the first one in the series and continue on through them all - you won't regret it!
Fabulous engrossing story.
The characters were brilliantly done, the humor was superb and the narrator suited the story perfectly. The plot was superior to the plots in the two earlier books; the villain was far less obvious and there were more twists to the plot. There is one minor error in the book but it is not annoying or major [a character is said to be Brazilian but has a Spanish name and speaks in Spanish].
The scenes with the Americans at Castle Rannoch often made me laugh out loud. The action scenes were excellent, too. The author writes details very convincingly, making it easy to create a mental picture of what she describes.
The book made me laugh many times.
This is an extremely funny book that definitely takes the reader away from the world and into the author's world. The narrator is brilliant with the ability to give each character the absolutely perfect voice. If you want a cheap vacation, listen to this book!
I still love the character and the narration, but the aviation parts (and character) were reaching, I thought. I hope the next in the series is better, or I'll probably stop - which would be a shame.
60-year-old retired library worker, some college , married 30 years, husband retired railroad yardman. one son, 18 years old. God does have a sense of humor!
I have purchased and listened to all Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness books. The narrator is marvelous, with a command of a wide range of accents. The setting is well-illustrated, the writing hilarious and thrilling by turns. I strongly recommend this series.
This is fun, entertaining listening. The humorous portrayal of the English aristocracy, with a nod to real historical figures, was enjoyable, and the performance is flawless. But I don't know how long I'll be be able to sustain interest in the ever-thwarted romance between Georgie and Darcy.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (light historical mystery) - Royal Flush is Book 3 in the Royal Spyness series, which is set in Europe back in the 1930's. This particular book involves a series of mysterious attempts at murdering members of the Royal Family. As always in this series, there's a complicated mystery, action, romance and tons of fun! I'm very hard to please when it comes to humorous fiction and usually think it's just cozy fluff, but not this series. You will need to pay attention to try to figure out whodunnit, and you will be pleasantly surprised to see how it ends.
What I love best about this series is the slowly budding romance between the main character, Georgianna, and the mysterious Darcy O'Mara. (Is he a spy? If so, who does he spy for?) They flirt and progress just a little bit in each book, and he always shows up to rescue her when she gets into dangerous situations. There's one scene between them at the end which was so adorable it had me smiling as I was driving. I'm sure people wondered what was on my mind!
PERFORMANCE - Katherine Kellgren is amazing. She does so many accents and voices -- a true artist. The voice she gives promiscuous Belinda is an absolute hoot.
OVERALL (actual rating 4.5) - The mysteries in this series begin and end in the same book so they can stand alone, but you should listen in order to follow the romance and character development. I don't think there's any cursing or sex, although there are references to sexual attraction and loose lifestyles. I wouldn't really recommend this for men because of Georgie's girlish antics, but highly recommended for women!
It moves along at a good pace, was interesting but didn't require that I hear every word. There are some humorous moments as well.
She is easy to listen to...
This is a great book for a car trip where you need to pay attention to the road first and the book second. It isn't so complex that you get lost in the plot but it is fun and moves along. I have listened to several in this series and they are just "fun"!
Mixed media artist, drummer, and Audible listener - 863 titles and counting!
Fluffy, fun, frivolous
I have enjoyed the whole series except the Queenie character (maid). Really, the woman is as stupid as a ton of bricks and so Georgiana must be too, to keep her.
Georgiana herself, star of her own life, and also Belinda - love that breathy little voice.
No extremes...good listening for when you don't want to be challenged or intrigued too deeply.
I listen to this kind of book in between longer, darker or deeper historical and crime novels. It's a great balance! I have to admit that I have fallen asleep to most of these books, but because I intended to, not because they were boring!
Low level royal takes on investigations, back in the day (1930's). Amusing writing, decent plots, and the requisite romance. Light and entertaining.
Kellgren's narration is a plus--she is vocally nimble and it really elevated the material.
"A throughly good listen"
This book would be in my top ten, along with the previous two by this author.
Very similar in style to previous books from this author.
Love the different accents she comes up with, very easy to put a face to the accent. She is almost (but not quite) in the same league as Ian Carmichael. Coming from me that is high praise indeed.
Several times I had a giggle, especially with the haggis hunting!
This is the third in the series, and is every bit as good as the first two. I actually bought three extra credits so I could buy more. Looking forward to listening to those, by which time my regular credits should be due. I will be spending those on the remaining two books in the series. Then what am I going to do?
"Accidents in the Highlands."
I shall leave it a month or two and then listen again. This series is so easy to listen to and is great in the background for trips to see my grandchildren who are about 4 hours away by car.
It is fiction but with a hint of possible truth in the storyline. Wallis Simpson and the future King and other scandals in royal circles.
Belinda always stands out as favorite. The way she shouts 'Georgie' when they meet in that posh voice.
Accidents or planned sabotage against the royals?
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